LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Police arrested a Gwinnett County man Wednesday on charges he raped a 17-year-old girl while the suspect was out of jail on a work release program.
The suspect was a prisoner at the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Facility, but he was released each day to go to work. He returned to the jail each night.
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Investigators said the suspect met the alleged victim at work, but the sexual assault took place at the victim's home.
“Our system allows people that have committed crimes to go out and maintain a job and that's a good thing,” said Detective Tim Ashley of the Lawrenceville Police Department. “It allows people to actually be a part of society and make society work the way it's supposed to. How those people take that opportunity is an individual choice."
The suspect was in jail on drug charges, but was part of the work-release program since January.